Horse racing

The joy of Royal Ascot

25 June 2022 9:00 am

In a disintegrating country, stuck for the moment with a Prime Minister who can’t see the difference between a proliferation…

How modesty triumphed in the Derby

11 June 2022 9:00 am

In the absence on her Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty, such an avid Derby attender in the past, and following…

The unacknowledged stars of the jump season

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The Irish aren’t just good at winning horse races: they are in the Super League when it comes to celebrating…

The British shone at Cheltenham

2 April 2022 9:00 am

For Barbara and Alick Richmond, Living Legend’s game 12-1 victory in Kempton’s 1m 2f Magnolia Stakes last Saturday was their…

He knew a swan from a duck: remembering Andy Turnell

19 March 2022 9:00 am

You don’t always have to win to enjoy it. At the end of the £100,000 Paddy Power Imperial Cup at…

My top tips for Cheltenham Festival

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Even when the authorities were refusing Milton Harris the right to renew his training licence after he got his finances…

The young trainer Sam Drinkwater is one to watch

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Certain sections of the media love to run a knocking story and when champion trainer Paul Nicholls’s horses failed to…

The new Tote is a ray of hope for British racing

22 January 2022 9:00 am

There is nothing like visiting a stud early in the foaling season. As amiable mums-to-be saunter up to the paddock…

British horse racing’s debt to the Middle East

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A joyful Saturday at Ascot recently reminded me that when the old Hurst Park Racecourse (near Hampton Court Palace) closed…

The culture of the weighing room needs to move with the times

11 December 2021 9:00 am

In the first such case for 20 years, former rider Freddy Tylicki, paralysed and wheelchair-bound since his mount Nellie Dean…

A feast of feelgood emotion

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Ascot’s image is all champagne and fascinators, high society and high rollers. Said Art Buchwald: ‘Ascot is so exclusive that…

Charlie Appleby is the trainer to beat

16 October 2021 9:00 am

I know what Keats was on about with his mists and mellow fruitfulness, but autumn is less of a joy…

The making of a racehorse trainer

2 October 2021 9:00 am

My best fun, through ten years reporting European politics for CNN, was bumping around the Continent with sparky young producers…

My Arc de Triomphe tips

18 September 2021 9:00 am

The emphasis may all be on speed horses these days, with breeders interested only in horses that struggle to get…

The importance of second chances

4 September 2021 9:00 am

A Sandown Saturday proved the perfect send-off for 12 raceless days on the otherwise wonderful Isle of Mull. A Frankie…

Proper racing is back at last

7 August 2021 9:00 am

At last proper racing is back. Through the long days of lockdown horses and jockeys have still given their all…

The 4,000 spectators at Sandown Park weren’t short-changed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

When only four horses were declared to contest this year’s Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, there were the usual…

The rise of older jockeys

26 June 2021 9:00 am

There are many facets to Royal Ascot’s appeal. For some it is glamour, style and opulence. For some it is…

The Derby was a game of musical saddles

12 June 2021 9:00 am

We all know it takes courage to win races over jumps, along with athleticism, stamina and speed. But you need…

Racing badly needs the full relaxation of restrictions

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Humans are herd animals too. Jockeys, trainers, owners and those enjoying the few prized media attendance slots for racing behind…

How often does it snow in April?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

D of E awards A few of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s lesser-known titles and honours: — Royal Chief of the Order…

Outs-rage: the dumbing down of cricket

17 April 2021 9:00 am

So wickets are out and outs are in for the new Hundred competition. But why? The language of sport is…

The true cost of Gordon Elliott’s crass stupidity

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Thanks to Covid, there could be no spine-tingling roar at the Cheltenham Festival this year as the first race runners…

In defence of horse racing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Rugby has enough problems — from baffling rule changes to concussion — without the referees muddying the pitch even more.…

Ireland’s love affair with horse racing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

With the Cheltenham Festival close, the quest for serious punting money intensifies. I had one potential contributor identified at Kempton…